Archive for May, 2017

Journey No 34

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Journey No 34

Saturday, 6th May to Thursday, 11th May 2017

This journey covered 5 days,  1,112 km /  695 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll to Beauly via Fort William; Ullapool and recommencing where we left off in June 2016 at Inchmadamph and then right round the north west coast via Assynt to Durness and then across the top of Scotland via Tongue, Bettyhill and Thurso to John o’Groats, down the east coast via Wick, Helmsdale, Brora visiting Dunrobin Castle, as part of the NC 500 Route and returning via Beauly and Fort William to Carrick Castle.

Saturday 6th May 2017

We drove from Carrick Castle to an overnight stay off road near Beauly.

Sunday 7th May 2017

Continuing the NC 500 Route we started in June 2016, we drove from Beauly up to Inchmadamph north of Ullapool where we last left the route to go home on Journey No 30.

View from Knochan Crag at Inchmadamph

 

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Douglas with bronze figures at Inchmadamph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz with bronze figure at Inchmadamph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we walked to the Caves of the Bones.

Liz in one of the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas at the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from one of the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assynt Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our over night stop with a lovely view off the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th May 2017

A lovely day walking on Handa Island…

Liz on the board walk across the middle of Handa Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The rugged coast of Handa Island


Handa Island Ferry


West coast beach en route to Durness

Amazing rock formation here by the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our overnight stop in Harrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017

We walked around the old Ceannabeinne Township Trail that was abandoned in 1842, then visited the Durness museum, had lunch in Durness before going down to the large cave at Durness.

Ceannabeinne Township abandoned in 1842

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large cave at Durness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Limekilns on this peninsular

 

We then drove through Tongue, Bettyhill and Thurso to John o’Groats (6 deg C) and stayed overnight at Duncansby Head.

Douglas & Liz at John o’Groats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncansby Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th May 2017

We drove down through Wick, Helmsdale to Brora where we visited Dunrobin Castle and afterwards visited the Brora Broch.

Dunrobin Castle entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunrobin Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broch at Brora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal staircase at the Broch at Brora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching a dolphin off the beach feeding in the Moray Firth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11th May 2017

After spending our last night on this journey near Beauly on our way home, we stopped at Fort William to refuel before returning home to Carrick Castle.

Castle Carrick at Carrick Castle, Argyll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Amazingly, we have been able to recover our lost photos when our smart phone camera failed and so over three months later have added some of the photos recovered – we had a great time and particularly loved the scenery in the north west of Scotland. We had great weather up the west coast but it was incredibly cold by the time we reached John o’Groats. We spent our penultimate night at Duncansby Head before travelling down the east coast stopping at Dunrobin Castle and the Broch at Brora befor driving home the next day.

Total mileage for the trip: 1,112 km / 695 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 19,072 km / 11,920 miles.

Total mileage to date: 129,558 km / 80,974 miles.

 

Harrie was MOT-ed and serviced in Jamestown on 4th August 2017 with current mileage 81,011 miles.

Harrie was sold on 12th August 2017 with a total mileage of  81,062  miles / 129,700 km after delivery to the new owners at the Rest & Be Thankful, Argyll.

Total mileage in our ownership from 7th November 2009 to 12th August 2017: 19,214 km / 12,009 miles.

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